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In our opinion: Overcome 'election disconnect' and cast an informed ballot

In a generation's time, Utah has gone from first to near last in the nation in highest rate of voter turnout.

In our opinion: On Holder's heels — What we hope from a new attorney general

With Thursday's resignation of Eric Holder Jr., we look for a U.S. attorney general who will take his or her duty to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the land with gravity and probity. Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Religion in public life is not a zero-sum game

National Edition

A recent Pew survey shows a sizable number of Americans recognize that we live under a system of law executed by majority will, and that the presence of religious conviction in no way denigrates... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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In our opinion: Don't ice out the challenge to charitable giving

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise more than $100 million to fight the disease. But we'll need more than gimmicky publicity stunts to help sustain charitable giving for this and other... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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In our opinion: Are we too pessimistic about the economy?

National Edition

What confidence do you have in the economy? Is it based on objective data or personal perception? The coming mid-year elections and the 2016 presidential race offer an opportunity for an honest... Read more »

Sept. 23, 2014

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In our opinion: Don't 'Army-ize' local police with surplus military equipment

If violent crime statistics across the country are on a decline, is there a need to equip local police with extensive surplus military gear? Read more »

Sept. 22, 2014

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Can you pass the U.S. citizenship test?

Considering that 92 percent of immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship can pass the required civics test while Americans struggle mightily, how well can you do in a sampling of the U.S. citizenship... Read more »

Sept. 21, 2014

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In our opinion: The Scots have set an example for how to conduct an election

A solid majority voted to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. But even though “No” carried the day, “Yes” can claim a number of significant victories, too —... Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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In our opinion: How committed are Obama, U.S. to destroy terrorist threats?

Is the Obama administration sending mixed signals in confronting the Islamic State militants? Some confusion exists as to the scope of the U.S. mission in the Middle East. Read more »

Sept. 20, 2014

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In our opinion: Inconsistency in school test standards doesn't do anyone any good

Schools in Utah are still waiting for the SAGE test results that were to help evaluate and enhance a school's performance in education. With fall classes well underway, it's becoming too late to... Read more »

Sept. 19, 2014

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In our opinion: Now a thriving urban hub, Salt Lake City must plan for future demand

Salt Lake City's growth and downtown drawing power is the kind that feeds on itself, and additional development will bring additional pressure on all forms of transportation. The city needs to plan... Read more »

Sept. 18, 2014

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In our opinion: Accountability, expectations in Saratoga Springs shooting case

Cases like the one recently in Saratoga Springs — where a 22-year-old man was shot and killed by police — incite strong feelings and require a vigorous public accounting so people can... Read more »

Sept. 17, 2014

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In our opinion: Election process for state school board remains an uncertainty

It's clear state lawmakers must make fixing the selecting or election of state school board members a priority when they meet early next year. Their remedy needs to err on the side of encouraging... Read more »

Sept. 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Revisiting racial imbalance on police forces

What are the underlying factors when a community's police force is seen to be racially imbalanced? Read more »

Sept. 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Some universities targeting faith-based campus groups

Some universities are disallowing faith-based groups on the basis of discrimination, even groups that admit anyone but seek to have leaders adhere to that specific group's beliefs and standards. Read more »

Sept. 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Keep perspective when dealing with smartphones

Smartphones have gone from fantasy item to luxury item to what some consider now to be a necessity. Like any communication tool, a smartphone is as good or bad as the person who uses it. Read more »

Sept. 13, 2014

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In our opinion: Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy remained true to his values

National Edition

The death of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy reminds us not only of his corporate successes but his consistency in remaining true to his Christian values. Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah should change law allowing guns at school

Thursday's accidental discharge of a gun in an elementary school's faculty restroom underscores the need to change Utah's law allowing anyone with a concealed-weapons permit to take a gun into... Read more »

Sept. 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Park City bond

Park City Mountain Resort's posting a $17 million bond tempers for now the long, bitter dispute over control of critical Park City ski acreage. A permanent resolution is still needed — as... Read more »

Sept. 11, 2014

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In our opinion: We need unity to fight the Islamic State militants

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama is expected to outline a strategy for combatting the Islamic States militants. He needs to move forward — unlike recent comments and earlier... Read more »

Sept. 10, 2014

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In our opinion: A cause for concern if civil forfeiture goes unchecked

Do you know what civil forfeiture is? People need to be aware their fellow citizens are having their property taken from them without any remuneration and without being convicted of criminal activity. Read more »

Sept. 9, 2014

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In our opinion: No more 'swatting'

"Swatting" — where law enforcement agencies are dispatched to faux emergency calls — wastes resources and places many in potentially dangerous situations. Read more »

Sept. 8, 2014

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In our opinion: Utah Public Lands Initiative a long shot worth pursuing — still

The Utah Public Lands Initiative is still considered a long shot — but the locally driven cooperative to mesh conservation and development still is a long shot worth taking. Read more »

Sept. 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Proposed Scottish independence doesn't come without concerns, disruptions

The push for Scottish independence spawns issues of uncertainty, and resolving them will result in disruption and economic pain. The idea that a 300-year-old union can be dissolved without... Read more »

Sept. 6, 2014

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In our opinion: Go slow on Sugar House S line developments

Salt Lake City should take a slower approach on future development of — and dollar investments into — the Sugar House streetcar line. Read more »

Sept. 5, 2014

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In our opinion: It's time to learn from the dangerously quick judgments of the past

The Ferguson story lines remind us that we're still slow to learn that being quick to judgment results in errors and complications. Read more »

Sept. 4, 2014

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